The NK 2000 Project

The NK 2000 Project
"The BMW 2000 VIN 1326213 was manufactured on January 10th, 1967 and delivered on March 6th, 1967 to the BMW importer Hoffman Motors Corp. in New York City. The original colour was Tampico, paint code 005." - from the BMW Group Archives

Friday, February 13, 2015

The Snorkel Cover

The round cover on the snorkel box had been drilled by a PO ,covered with black goo, and then drilled again for the purpose of installing a metal bracket. Whatever function it served had been deleted by the time I acquired the car.

I took the bracket off and it now looked even worse, if such a thing is possible. came through again and I found an NOS round cover.  Looks better now even though some day I have to get rid of that non-standard air hose below it.


I found out that the stock air hose was still available from my local BMW dealer and only cost a few dollars so I ran downtown and snagged one. They remarked that there were only six of these hoses left in the USA. Much better.

Thursday, February 12, 2015


Naturally I was happy when I bought the car to see that it came with an original vintage BMW key.

However, there was only the one key so I immediately tried to make a copy. All I could find was a Volkswagen-type key blank that was similiar enough to work. But it didn't work well and I never used it unless necessary as I didn't want to damage the tumblers in the igintion.

Recently I saw on a key blank for sale that looked like it would work. Total cost for getting it here was 11 Euros so I figured I would take a chance.  Sure enough, I was in luck, and now I have a proper spare key. It was difficult to find a shop that would cut this key since it's magnetic and requires a special machine to cut, but I found a kiosk in a local shopping center that had the right equipment.

Perhaps my imagination is to blame but the new key seems to work better than the original! 

Saturday, February 7, 2015

The Other Door Switch

Having already replaced the door contact switch on the passenger side, I decided to have a look at the driver's side and see what kind of shape that switch might be in. I mean, since an NLA switch could be had online for $3.95, what was the downside?  I found this.

Clearly, an abundance of overspray at some time in the past had rendered the ground inoperable so a PO had rigged bare copper wires as an easy fix. Not acceptable.

I quickly bought the new switch - which I wasn't sure I could even get until I looked - and put it in, after a little shine of the aluminum casing with 0000 steel wool.

It's a bit of an archeological dig when I start taking bits apart on the doors, as I discover the various layers of prior resprays and under all the paint, the original Tampico color.  And I have to wonder if the machine screw is original or a hardware store replacement.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

And Capping It!

I found this factory photo of a 1966 NK 2000 engine, courtesy of the Brit '02 forum.

It clearly shows the rubber cap that is supposed to on top of the throttle linkage, under the air filter housing. Of course, this item in my car had been removed at some time during the dim past.

So I ordered one when acquring a new inllet hose for the heater valve (more on that later) and happily added one more stock accessory to the engine bay.  Whether or not it ever served a real purpose is more difficult to decide.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Glovebox and its Liner

Every time I open the glovebox I am reminded a few issues. Mostly concerning the glovebox liner itself, which was horribly mutilated to accommodate the now useless stereo. And how I can't seem to find a proper liner to replace it.

One item I could rectify, however, was the condition of the lid liner. Although the the bright sun in the photo above masks the worn-out black liner, it looked terrible and was even coming unglued.

So I took out my bottle of black acrylic paint and with a small artist brush repainted the liner.  It came out nicely and presumably more like it looked when new.  A bit of expoxy and a small clamp took care of the loose fit.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Re-Stocking the Distributor

 When I bought the car it came with its original distributor, which I removed in order to upgrade to an electronic ignition system. Therefore the old unit soon departed the car.

And in went a brand new distributor, outfitted with the necessary components.

Now, fast forward a few years.  There I am, innocently drving around, when suddenly a distinct scraping sound begins to emit from the engine bay. I stop, and after a bit of feeling about, realize that the sound is coming from the distributor. I bring the car to Midnight Motorsport - along with the old distributor - and we conclude that the new unit is shot. Lots of play in the shaft, metal filings on the magnet, etc. etc.

A week or so later Patrick fiddled with my old Bosch distributor, trying to see if a Petronix electronic ignition would fit into it.  Now, Petronix reps had told me four years ago that their systems were not compatible with NK cars, but Patrick, after taking a week to think over the matter, managed to make the old distributor work with the Petronix.

Now I have it back in the car, a forty-eight year old piece of German engineering that has outlived its four year-old younger brother by a bunch of years and then some. And as a bonus, the old distributor is has a steel body, unlike the later 2002 varieties, which are made of aluminum.

So now my engine bay is closer to stock than ever. With the condenser still there but for decorative purposes only...

Thursday, November 20, 2014


A PO had gotten creative in the distant past with the isolators that dampen vibration from the air cleaner mounts.

The one above wasn't too too bad, but close examination revealed a VW/Audi stamp on the rubber. Horrors!

The other two were made of 1) a small piece of hose and 2) five or six regular metal washers.

For some reason I dawdled for years in getting these right but now they finally are correct for the car and the engine bay continues its journey back to a semblance of stock.

One of the fresh ones, a bit crusty but still new.